Wharton family. Legal papers, 1825-1875.
(4 linear ft.)
Legal papers, memorandum books, documents, and correspondence of Thomas I. Wharton and Henry Wharton, Philadelphia lawyers.
Gift of the Wharton family, 1946.
Alexander, Lucien Hugh, 1866-1926. Papers, 1899-1911.
The papers of a controversy between Lucien H. Alexander, Philadelphia lawyer and member of the James Wilson Memorial Committee, and Burton Alva Konkle, historian and secretary of the committee that originated the idea of bringing the remains of James Wilson from North Carolina to Philadelphia in 1906. There is also material on an attempt by Alexander to publish a commemorative volume.
Gift of Dr. John Alexander and Miss Helen Alexander through the Clements Library, 1937.
Fox, Isaac, d. 1865. Papers, 1863-1869.
(50 items and 3 v.)
This collection contains the diaries, 1863-1864, of Sergeant Isaac Fox, Company F, 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Also included are his letters to his family, 1862-1865; the discharges of his brothers Charles and William; a poem upon his death; and Civil War song sheets and copy of a Southern song.
Irwin, John. Diaries, 1863-1865.
The diaries of Lieutenant Colonel John Irwin of the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteers tell of his experiences in most of the battles of the Army of the Potomac from Chancellorsville to Petersburg, Va.
Gift of Mrs. J.P. Orlady, 1948.
Dotterer, Henry Sassaman, 1841-1903. Papers, ca. 1900.
(ca. 20 items.)
Notes and a few manuscripts of papers written by Henry S. Dotterer on Pennsylvania Germans, the Reformed Church, and Montgomery County.
Gift of Mrs. Henry S. Dotterer, 1947.
Binney, Horace, 1780-1875. Papers, 1836-1858.
Horace Binney served as the director of the first U.S. Bank, 1808 and was active in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia politics. He was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1800 and was recognized as a leader of the Philadelphia bar after he earned his reputation winning two important cases. In Lyle v. Richards, he argued for the application of common law to property. In the Girard Trust Case, Binney defended Philadelphia's right to hold a trust. This Supreme Court appearance was Binney's last case. He retired in 1850 but continued to be a prolific writer throughout his life.
Journals kept by Horace Binney, American lawyer and legal writer, on a trip to Europe, 1836-1837; commonplace book written by Binney for his daughter Susan, 1858; and the Autobiography of Horace Binney, 1780-1868, together with essays by Binney and some notes on the Binney family.
Gift of Horace Binney Montgomery, 1949.
Pommer family. Papers, 1800-1900.
Business papers, legal records, and memoranda relating to the Pommer family.
Pleasants family. Papers, 1689-1843.
This collection is composed primarily of deeds and agreements to sell lands in western Pennsylvania to Samuel Pleasants, Charles Pleasants, and Charles E. Pleasants. Included are a few letters to Charles E. Pleasants on a law suit with Colonel Love of Tennessee.
Pleasants, Henry, b. 1884. Collection, 1693-1825.
Papers collected by Henry Pleasants include: Captain Thomas Mason's account of a voyage to Europe to secure arms for the colonies, 1775-1776, and papers on his disputes, 1776-1784, with Robert Morris and Jacob Winey, his partners, over the proceeds of the voyage; letters, 1775-1783, written by Thomas Shirley of London give the viewpoint of a moderate Englishman on the American Revolution; commonplace books, 1789-1816, of Israel Pleasants, containing notes on insurance and other mercantile enterprises; and miscellaneous manuscripts of Thomas and John Mason, 1693-1825.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Pleasants, Jr., Henry Pleasants, 3rd, William Wilkins Pleasants, Howard Spencer Pleasants, Richard Rundle Pleasants, Mrs. Nathaniel Bowditch, Dallas Franklin Pleasants, and Ann Franklin Pleasants, 1948.
Meredith family. Papers, 1756 (1793-1866) 1888.
(3 linear ft.)
These papers document the personal and professional lives of four generations of the Meredith family of Philadelphia, beginning with Jonathan Meredith, who emigrated from Leominster, Herefordshire, England, to Pennsylvania in the 1750's, where he established a successful tanning business. Other family members and associates present include: Jonathan's sons, David Meredith, who inherited and lost most of his father's fortune as an unsuccessful merchant in France, and William Meredith, lawyer and president of the Schuylkill Bank; Gertrude Gouverneur Ogden Meredith, William's wife and litterateur; their sons, William Morris Meredith, lawyer and Whig politician, and Sullivan Amory Meredith, forty-niner in California and Union general in the Civil War; David B. Ogden, Gertrude's brother and New York lawyer; and Joseph Dennie, editor of the Port Folio and close friend of Gertrude and William Meredith. Jonathan's youngest son, Jonathan Meredith, Jr., and his sister Mary's husband, Thomas Hawthorne, merchant, are also present.
The correspondence, 1756-1888, bulks between 1793 and 1866. Subjects addressed include: banking, including the recharter of the Second Bank of the United States; churches and charities, particularly Christ Church in Philadelphia, for which both William and William M. Meredith were wardens and vestrymen; Federalist, Whig, and Republican politics at the local, state, and national levels; education; prison reform; and arts and letters. Principal correspondents include: Alexander Dallas Bache, James C. Biddle, Horace Binney, Samuel Breck, Mathew Carey, Henry C. Carey, Charles and Henry Gilpin, Robert Hare, Charles Jared Ingersoll, Reverend Johnson, Abbott Lawrence, David Parish, John Hare Powel, and Eli Kirk Price. Also present are: William Rawle, Richard Rush, John Sergeant, Robert Walsh, and Thurlow Weed.
There are also family accounts, bills, and receipts, 1778-1884; and drafts, pamphlets, statutes and legal papers. The subject categories are: banks, 1807-1866, including material relating to the legislative charters of several Pennsylvania banks; canals, 1822-1865, including the Delaware and Hudson and Union canals; charities, 1821-1873, including material on the Philadelphia Almshouse and the Greek Relief Fund; education, 1809-1859, concerning both the University of Pennsylvania and its Free School, of which William M. Meredith was president of the Board of Trustees; Meredith family lands in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, 1785-1860; miscellaneous leases and other legal papers, 1760's-1860's; railroads, 1834-1865, including material on the Northern Liberties and Penn Township Railroad, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and others; ships, 1763-1852, with maritime insurance policies, claims; verse, mostly written by William M. Meredith, 1814-1857; and the Port Folio, 1801-1807, concerning its publication and circulation.
Business records of Jonathan Meredith include: letter books, 1786-1811;personal memoranda, 1780-1794; blotters, 1784-1797; waste book, 1795; day books, 1786-1794; ledgers, 1772-1788; cash books, 1795-1804; receipt books, 1779-1799; real estate tax receipts, 1788-1801; bills payable, 1793-1803; accommodation notes, 1795; memorandum book of interest payable; list of expenses for repairing the estate opposite Samuel Powel, Esq., 1790-1792; and bank books for the Bank of North America, 1787-1799, the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1793-1818, and the Bank of the United States, 1791-1794.
Personal, professional, and business papers of Jonathan's son, William Meredith, include: letter books and letterpress books, 1802-1838; cash book, 1799-1803; receipt books, 1795-1838; rent books, 1827-1837; appearance dockets for the Supreme Court, 1797-1826, for the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1818, for the Philadelphia District Court, 1811-1826, and for the Court of Quarter Sessions, 1814-1819; legal memoranda, 1797-1838; report of the City Solicitor on titles to city property, 1810-1839; accounts for the Committee for the Necessitous Poor, 1823-1824; and bank books for the Commercial Bank, 1813-1815, the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1811, and the Schuylkill Bank, 1814-1829.
Also present are: David Meredith, bank books with the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1808-1818, letter book, 1806-1816, and day book, 1787-1790; and some business and professional papers of William M. Meredith, including diaries, 1814-1825, legal and personal memoranda, 1818, notes on practice, n.d., appearance docket for Philadelphia District Court, 1819-1834, letter books, 1849-1850, while Secretary of the Treasury, and letter book, 1865. There are trial dockets for Philadelphia Aldermen's Court, 1830, Quarter Sessions, 1831-1832, and the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Philadelphia, 1829-1830. Each includes a jury list.
Miscellaneous accounts of Meredith legal clients as well as other members of the family include: Joseph Anthony, bank books, 1794-1799, ledger, 1760-1782, and receipt book, 1773-1787; John Du Barry, receipt book, 1806-1815; William Baker, receipts, 1812-1815; Baltimore Mail Coach, passenger and cargo book, 1823-1824; Hawthorne & Kerr, waste books, 1795-1801, journal, 1793-1795, ledger, 1793-1795, receipt book, 1795-1800, and invoice book, 1805-1807; James Hawthorne, waste book, 1793-1797; Thomas Hawthorne, invoice book, 1805-1807; Lain I. Johnson, merchant of Richmond, Va., record of collections in northern Virginia, 1789; Richard Littlewood, ledger, 1786-1793; J. Lupton, ledger, 1784-1797; Thomas Lupton, accounts for the estate of J. Lupton, 1799-1812; Hugh Maxwell, memorandum of book sales, 1806; Daniel McCarney and James Sterrit, whiskey dealers, sales book, 1818-1820; Daniel McKaraher, receipt book, 1804-1813; and record prepared by William M. Meredith for the Vestry of Christ Church, 1832, of bequests and gifts to the Church from Dr. John Kearsley and Joseph Dobbins.
Miscellaneous legal papers include materials on the estates of the Anthony, Bond, Carey, Morris, Ogden, Robinson, Stockton, Westcott, and Wurts families; business papers on lands in Pennsylvania, Virginia,
New Jersey, and New York; materials on maritime shipping and insurance; and wills, leases, briefs, abstracts, and other legal papers.
Gift of Samuel W. Woodhouse, 1940.
Trimble, James, 1755-1836. Papers, 1791-1833.
James Trimble was the first Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1777-1836.
These papers include his commissions as deputy secretary, 1791-1833; a few personal papers and family letters; and a plan of the town of Shenango, 1808.
Broomall, John Martin, 1816-1894. Correspondence, 1867-1868.
John Martin Broomall was a Representative in Congress from Delaware County, 1863-1869.
Correspondence dealing with the routine work of a congressman, and some letters on conditions in the southern states during Reconstruction are included.
Hoopes, Alban Williamson, b. 1904. Collection, 1808-1948.
(2 linear ft.)
Family papers collected by Alban W. Hoopes, teacher and author of articles on the history of the American Indians, include: typescripts of articles and book reviews; family and business letters, 1939-1948; business and personal papers, 1860-1905, of Azariah Hoopes, Philadelphia businessman, are in the collection.
Gift of Alban W. Hoopes, 1948.
Gratz, Louisa. Estate papers, 1825-1891.
Estate papers of the Gratz sisters relate to their real estate and personal property and contain some correspondence on Judaism and the Mikveh Israel Synagogue.
Smith, Abraham Lewis, 1831-1914. Correspondence, 1846-1913.
Correspondence of Abraham Lewis Smith, prominent lawyer, covers his activities as the first president of the Delaware County Historical Society and as a member of the Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania. There are also a few personal letters.
Cresson family. Papers, 1828-1920.
(9 linear ft.)
Business and social correspondence of Caleb Cresson, William Penn Cresson, Francis Macomb Cresson, George Vaux Cresson, and other members of the Cresson family of Philadelphia; accounts and other papers on St. Philip's Church and the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia; St. Paul's Church, Oaks; and churches at Claymont and in Brandywine Hundred, Del., are included. The collection also contains miscellaneous family photographs, mementos.
St. Andrew's Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1800-1905.
(3 linear ft.)
St. Andrew's Church is a West Philadelphia Episcopal Church.
Correspondence and bills, 1831-1902; miscellaneous legal papers, including many deeds of the Church; scrapbook and journal of the Rev. E.D. Saunders, with some records of his military school, 1852-1870, in West Philadelphia.
St. Andrew's Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1823-1896.
Records of St. Andrew's Church including Gregory Townsend Bedell's letters to the Vestry, 1823-1834; correspondence of the Vestry, 1834-1882, concerning finances and other Church affairs; records of pew rents, 1823-1896; and miscellaneous financial records, 1823-1876, including investment and operating records.
Reformed Church in America (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1837-1895.
Records of the First Reformed Dutch Church include: minutes of the organization of officers and teachers in the Sunday School for the Sabbath School Association, 1859-1885, and minutes containing records of the numbers attending and other notes on the services for the Sunday School, 1845-1856, 1861-1863; Sunday School receiving books, 1844-1862, containing names and addresses of the pupils, and frequently noting the name and occupation of the father; Young Peoples Missionary Society minutes, 1883-1885; list of girl pupils, n.d.; superintendent's attendance records and Sunday School minute book, 1872-1873; miscellaneous orders, bills, and receipts, 1877-1895, for the upkeep of the church; Crown Street Sabbath School Missionary Society minutes, 1838-1842; accounts, 1837-1849.
Burrell, Stephanie L. Collection, 1928-1943.
Letters, notes, and pamphlets gathered in preparation for an address on the history of the American flag. Material on the flags and seals of the original thirteen states is included.
Gift of Stephanie L. Burrell.
McCormick, Robert Laird, 1847-1911. Diaries, 1859-1866.
These diaries were begun by R. Laird McCormick in 1859, when he was twelve years old. Entries for the period 1859-1862 are fragmentary, but the life of a boy in Clinton County, is well depicted. The years 1865-1866 describe the activities of Saunders Institute, a boys' school in Philadelphia, and of other schools in the state.
Gift of W.L. McCormick, 1948.
Nazareth Hall School for Boys. Account books, 1786-1850.
(9 linear ft.)
Account books for the Nazareth Hall School for Boys, a well-known school for boys, founded in 1755 and conducted by the Moravians, included are general account books, 1786-1846; cash books, 1788-1845; journals, 1799-1820; waste book, 1788-1796; pay book, 1823-1850; rosters of pupils, 1814-1819; private lessons, 1832-1842; annuities, pensions, and salaries, 1799-1853; quarterly disbursements, 1793-1810; inspectresses' house store books, 1839-1844; bills and drafts, 1822-1829. The collection also contains linen-mending book, 1839-1848; pocket money for students, 1827-1841; clothing repairs, 1840-1850; clothing and washing, wash-house book, 1841-1848.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1948.
Friends Library Association of West Chester (West Chester, Pa.) Papers, 1880-1896.
Bills and receipts for books purchased and services rendered.
Indian Rights Association. Papers, 1830 (1884-1967) 1969.
(246 linear ft.)
The Indian Rights Association was founded in Philadelphia in 1882 to "bring about the complete civilization of the Indians and their admission to citizenship." In 1884 the Indian Rights Association opened a Washington office to act as a legislative lobby and liaison with the Board of Indian Commissioners and the Board of Indian Affairs. The Philadelphia and Washington offices maintained almost daily correspondence until the latter office closed in 1939. Much of this correspondence is included in the collection. The Indian Rights Association also maintained close contacts with Indian agents and with Indians themselves through correspondence and almost annual field trips to reservations and settlements. The papers include many reports and letters reflecting these contacts.
The responsibility for the Indian Rights Association's programs fell, largely, to five men, all of whom had lengthy careers with the Indian Rights Association: Herbert Welsh, Matthew Sniffen, and Lawrence E. Lindley, active in Philadelphia; and Charles C. Painter and Samuel M. Brosius, Washington agents.
The collection contains correspondence, 1864-1967, and letterpress books, 1886-1943; organizational records, 1882-1973; printed matter, including early Indian pamphlets, Indian Rights Association Annual Reports and draft legislation, 1830-1969; Herbert Welsh papers, 1877-1934; photographs, mainly from Western field trips, ca. 1910-1930; Council on Indian Affairs materials, 1943-1968; manuscripts dealing with traditional Pueblo Indian dances, 1912-1915, and the legal rights of Oklahoma Indians under that state's probate laws, 1912-1916.
Microfilm available from the Microfilming Corporation of America. 21 Harristown Road; Glen Rock, NJ 07452.
Gift of Indian Rights Association, 1942-1978.
Lotus Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1873-1879.
The Lotus Club was a social and political club of Philadelphia.
Malta Boat Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1870-1912.
(4 linear ft.)
The Malta Boat Club, a Philadelphia athletic and social club, was founded in 1860.
Financial accounts, correspondence, miscellaneous papers, and lectures on banking.
Ocean City Fishing Club (Ocean City, N.J.) Minute books, 1913-1928.
The Ocean City Fishing Club, established in 1913, was devoted to saltwater fishing.
Gift of Dr. W.M. Miller, 1946.
Franks, Isaac, 1759-1822. Account book, 1819-1824.
Isaac Franks served as prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1819-1822.
This account book lists the sums owed him by various lawyers for services rendered in his official capacity, some of which were paid after his death.
Long, George V.Z. Papers, 1918-1919.
Diary telling of the experiences of George V. Z. Long as Y.M.C.A. secretary with the 89th Division, American Expeditionary Forces in France, 1918, and letters praising his efforts.
Gift of George V.Z. Long, 1936.
Welsh, John, 1805-1886. Papers, 1837-1878.
Correspondence of John Welsh, Philadelphia philanthropist, covering his service as ambassador to England, 1877-1879, and as president of the Centennial Exposition in 1876. There is some correspondence of John Welsh, Jr.
Gift of Edward Lowber Stokes, 1946.
Paschall family. Papers, 1705-1770.
Commonplace book of John Paschall consisting primarily of notes from the alchemic and philosophical writings of Thomas Vaughan; iron account book of Stephen Paschall, 1735-1756; and malt and barley book of Thomas Paschall, 1705-1711, 1713-1728.
Gift of Elliston J. Morris, 1944.
Willing family. Papers, 1761-1866.
(6 linear ft.)
The papers of the Willing family include: papers of Thomas Willing, Philadelphia lawyer, merchant, and partner of Robert Morris, some of which relate to the Revolutionary War, especially Willing's statement of his part in transmitting General Howe's peace offer to Congress in 1778; correspondence and personal papers of Richard Willing, Dr. Charles Willing, and other members of the Willing family; some correspondence of the Crammond family, 1816-1839, and of the Rev. Nicholas Power Tillinghast, 1837-1866.
Gift of Horace Hare, 1947.
Dudley, Thomas Haines, 1819-1893. Papers, 1854-1911.
(6 linear ft.)
Correspondence and legal papers of Thomas Haines Dudley, Edward Dudley, and Israel Roberts, Camden, N.J., attorneys.
Purchased, Mifflin Fund, 1948.
Oxford Horse Company. Minute book, 1854-1916.
The Oxford Horse Company was organized to apprehend horse thieves.
Gift of Francis R. Taylor, 1948.
World War II collection, 1938-1949.
Entry cancelled; see collection #1479.
Archambault, Anna Margaretta. Collection, 1876-1945.
Entry cancelled; see collection # 11.
Winner, Septimus, 1827-1902. Collection, 1845-1902.
Diaries, letters, and music notebooks of Septimus Winner, American composer. Original manuscript of "Listen to the Mocking Bird;" catalog of music for piano and organ, 1874; music for violin; Hannah Winner's illustrated volume of songs with music by Winner under the pseudonym of Alice Hawthorne.
Gift of Charles Eugene and Donald Claghorn, 1946.
Wharton, Anne Hollingsworth, 1845-1928. Papers, 1852-1926.
(7 linear ft.)
These papers include many writings and historical notes of Anne Hollingsworth Wharton, American author, widely known for her books on colonial customs and society. They contain biographical material, reproductions of portraits, and newspaper articles on
persons and places of the colonial period.
Gift of Anne Hollingsworth Wharton.
Konkle, Burton Alva, 1861-1944. "A Life of Nicholas Biddle," 1928.
Bunting, William M. Sowing and Reaping : a novel.
Manuscript of Sowing and Reaping, a novel set in Philadelphia about 1880.
Business, professional, and personal accounts, 1734-1936.
- Armstrong, William A. Receipt book, 1867-1875. William A. Armstrong was a Philadelphia stone contractor. (1 v.)
- Atkins & Hughes. Letterbook, 1865-1867. Atkins & Hughes were Philadelphia commission merchants. (1 v.)
- Baker, Pennell and Blanchard & Marsh. Account book, 1844-1858. (1 v.)
- Bertolet, Amos. Account book, 1839-1861. Bertolet was a Norristown liquor merchant. ( 1 v.)
- Black, Samuel A. Accounts, 1856-1920. Black was a Philadelphia building contractor. (2 v.)
- Bonsall, John. Daybook, 1815-1831. Bonsall was a Philadelphia real estate conveyancer. (1 v.)
- Booksellers daybook, 1869-1870. (1 v.)
- Thomas Borbridge & Company. Receipt book, 1822-1829. (1 v.)
- Burr, H. Daybook, 1835-1839. Burr operated a Vincentown, N.J. general store. (2 v.)
- Chevalier, John. Daybook, 1760-1766. John and Peter Chevalier were Philadelphia and China merchants of rugs, blankets, dry goods, and general merchandise. (1 v.)
- Clarkson, William. Ledger, 1767-1791. Clarkson was a Philadelphia general merchant.. (1 v.)
- Coates, Mary. Personal receipt book, 1760-1770. (1 v.)
- Columbia Transportation Line. Daybook of shipments, 1823-1824. (1 v.)
- Commercial Banker's Accounts, 1859-18861. (1 v.)
- Connelly, Lemuel S. Cashbook, 1851-1858. Connelly was a Philadelphia ship captain. (1 v.)
- Coxe, Daniel W. Records, 1815-1849. (5 v.)
- Cummings, Albert F. Account books, 1891-1931. (5 v.)
- Daix, Augustus F. Letterpress book, 1907-1909. (1 v.)
- Dobbins Soap Manufacturing Company (Camden, N.J.) Records, 1892-1936. (2 v.)
- Emlen, George - Estate. Personal account book, 1784-1811.
- Evans, William. Receipt book, 1836-1857. Evans was a Philadelphia publisher. (1 v.)
- Evans, William. Records, 1818-1868. Evans was a Philadelphia druggist. (3 v.)
- Everett, Hicks, & Caldwell. Receipt book, 1858-1861. Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Farmers and Mechanics Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.) Bankbook of deposits, 1841-1846. (1 v.)
- Fitzwater, John and Jacob. Records, 1813-1860. John and Jacob Fitzwater were Fitzwatertown lime-makers and general store operators. (1 v.)
- Footman, Richard T. Letterbook, 1791-1793. Footman was a Savannah, Ga., general merchant. (1 v.)
- Fraizer, F.W. Account book, 1842-1850. Fraizer was a Philadelphia real estate dealer. (1 v.)
- Frazier, Nalbro. Cashbook, 1805-1811. Frazier was a Philadelphia insurance agent. (1 v.)
- General merchant records, 1821-1885. (9 v.)
- Green, Henry. Records, 1859-1887. (1 v.)
- Haines, Joshua. Account book, 1796. Haines was a Philadelphia importer. (1 v.)
- Hill, John and Samuel. Records, 1835-1908. John and Samuel Hill were Philadelphia rental agents. ( 1 v.)
- Charles Hillman & Company. Records, 1853-1896. (2 v.)
- Holbrook and Hughes. Letterbook, 1863-1867. Holbrook and Hughes were commission merchants. (1 v.)
- Howell, Arthur. Account book, 1791-1799. Howell was a Philadelphia courier. (1 v.)
- Hudson, Arnold. Account book, 1765-1780.
- Robert Jenks and Son. Windsor Forge records, 1830-1839. (2 v.)
- Melchior and John Larer. Receipt book, 1815-1820. The Larers were Philadelphia brewers. (1 v.)
- Linvill, S.D. Receipt book, 1885-1886. Linvill was a Chester County farmer. (1 v.)
- Mason, Richard. Daybook, 1784-1788. (1 v.)
- McCalla, Alexander. Daybook, 1814. McCalla was a Philadelphia innkeeper. (1 v.)
- McCally, John. Account books, 1805-1825. McCally was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Abraham Mitchell and Company. Daybook, 1844-1858. Abraham Mitchell and Company were New York liquor merchants. (1 v.)
- Morris, Luke W. Receipt book, 1799. Morris was a Philadelphia brewer. Receipts for goods and services furnished the Orphan's Home. (1 v.)
- O'Neil, Henry. Account book, 1846-1848. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia National Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.) Signature book, 1856-1868. (1 v.)
- Pryor, Joseph. Journal, 1796-1805. Pryor was a Philadelphia grocer. (1 v.)
- Rex, S.S. Account book, 1834-1835. Accounts for the Scheafferstown general store. (1 v.)
- Richardson, Joseph. Records, 1796-1801. Richardson was a gold and silversmith. (3 v.)
- Root, R.M. Account books, 1880-1899. (1 v.)
- Scott, Lewis A. Account books, 1840-1847. Scott was a Philadelphia lawyer. (1 v.)
- Sharswood, William. Journal, 1811-1812. Sharswood was a Philadelphia brewer. (1 v.)
- Simpson, Thomas C. Personal cashbook, 1865-1867. (1 v.)
- Swift Sure Line Mail Stage. Account book, 1811-1814. (1 v.)
- Steel and Smith. Ledger, 1818-1823. Steel and Smith were Chester County millers. (1 v.)
- Stock, John. Receipt books, 1784-1841. Stock was a Philadelphia painter. (2 v.)
- Super, John. Account book, 1828-1831. Super was a Philadelphia blacksmith. (1 v.)
- Thompson, William P. Ledger, 1831-1835. (1 v.)
- Trumbauer, William T. Daybooks, 1857-1863. Trumbauer was a Schuylkill County merchant. (3 v.)
- Vaughan and Lyman. Records, 1853-1896. Vaughan and Lyman were Philadelphia shipbuilders. (1 v.)
- Vollmer, Gottlieb. Records, 1863-1869. Vollmer was a Philadelphia housefurnishing merchant. (1 v.)
- Wescoat, William. Ledger, 1827-1829. Wescoat was a general merchant. (2 v.)
- Western Transportation Line. Shipments between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Md., 1827-1838. (1 v.)
- Whitaker and Stickel. Journal 1863-1881. Whitaker and Stickel was Philadelphia publishers. (1 v.)
- Isaac S. Williams and Company. Receipt book, 1883-1890. Williams and Company were Philadelphia housefurnishing merchants. (1 v.)
Moore, Joseph Hampton, 1864-1950. Papers, 1884-1949.
(33 linear ft.)
The personal papers of J. Hampton Moore, one of the civic and political leaders of 20th century Philadelphia, fall into five sections, each covering a phase of Moore's career.
The earliest papers, 1884-ca. 1900, pertain to his early life and his start in politics. Many clippings and letters reveal his activities as a reporter and editorial writer, 1884-1894. Some material on the Johnstown flood, 1889, is also included. For the period 1894-1906, there is considerable information on local politics.
The second group of papers, pertains to the period when Moore was a U.S. congressman, 1906-1920, is voluminous and reveals the activities of a hard-working and influential big city representative and disclose the pressures exerted by various economic, social, religious, cultural and national groups about proposed legislation. There is much on World War I, 1914-1918.
The third group pertains to Moore's career in local politics and includes: correspondence, reports, and clippings on his two terms as Mayor, 1920-1924, and 1932-1936; some correspondence and clippings, 1920-1949, on other political and local affairs.
The fourth section pertains to Moore's activities in social and political clubs. The Five O'Clock Club, a well-known dining club organized in 1883, is represented by correspondence, notes, and invitations, 1890-1930. Correspondence, 1900-1912, of the National League of Republican Clubs is also contained in this group.
The last major group of papers is that of the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association. Moore was president of this group from its organization in 1907 to 1948. Correspondence, clippings, and pamphlets on the efforts to construct a deep-channel, protected waterway from Boston to Miami.
Correspondents include: W.J. Bryan, John J. Pershing, Al Smith, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Boies Penrose, Zane Grey, Grover Cleveland, W.G. Harding, Cyrus Curtis, Theodore Roosevelt, George Dewey, Mark Hanna, Elihu Root, A. Graham Bell, Calvin Coolidge, William McKinley, Joseph Grundy, Edward Bok, Georges Clemenceau, John Burroughs, Henry Ford, and others.
Gift of J. Hampton Moore, 1944-1949.
McKesson, Irvin H., Mrs. Collection, 1750 (1760-1870) 1917.
Papers of Samuel Jones and three generations of his descendants. Samuel Jones, a minister of Pennypack Baptist Church, Philadelphia, 1763-1814, is represented by incoming correspondence, sermons, personal and church records, and some miscellaneous legal items. There are papers, 1748-1812, of Alexander Edwards, Philadelphia storekeeper and active member of Jones' church, including incoming family correspondence, financial records, and miscellaneous legal papers.
Jones's daughter, Sarah, married Robert Henderson, and then Theophilus Harris. Harris was a minister and justice of the peace for Philadelphia County, and some personal incoming correspondence, 1810-1845, court dockets, 1819-1833, daybook, 1822-1841, and miscellaneous legal items are found here. There is family correspondence, 1815-1861, of Samuel Jones Henderson, son of Sarah and Robert Henderson. Of special interest are Civil War letters between Laura Henderson Dade and her husband Frank Dade while he was serving as a Union Army physician stationed at Beaufort, S.C.
Gift of Mrs. Irving H. McKesson.
Bank of North America. Records, 1780-1923.
(150 linear ft.)
The Bank of North America was the first chartered bank in the United States, chartered by the Second Continental Congress in 1781. It was established primarily to aid Congress in providing supplies and money for the prosecution of the Revolutionary War. In 1916 the bank bought the assets of the National Bank of the Northern Liberties; in 1923 it merged with the Commercial Trust Company to form the Bank of North America and Trust Company; six years later the merged institution was itself absorbed by the Pennsylvania Company.
Minute books and letterbooks, 1780-1923. The minute books, are complete from the very beginning of the bank until its merger with the Commercial Trust Company, with brief records of meetings of the Board of Directors and some of meetings of stockholders.
The documents include formal bank communications, memoranda, announcements, copies of letters, financial statements, and the like. The most interesting of the documents is a long report from the Joint Committee of the Philadelphia banks, April 13, 1816, recommending that specie payments be resumed as soon as the Bank of the United States commenced giving discounts, that each bank pay out its own notes only (except those for less than $10), and that the banks refrain from an immediate reduction of discounts. There are photographs and engravings of bank people. There are also a few caricatures and silhouettes. In addition there are numerous prints and engravings of Robert Morris and the first seven presidents of the bank: Thomas Willing, John Nixon, John Morton, Henry Nixon, John Richardson, James Dixon, and Thomas Smith.
Miscellaneous items include: deeds of sundry lands contracted for in 1793 and 1794 by Robert Morris, John Nicholson, and James Greenleaf, totaling over 3.5 million acres in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky, at an average price of over a shilling an acre; letter book of John Nixon, Philadelphia merchant; checkbooks and bank books; scrapbook, 1904-1920, of antiquarian interest; unclassified books and pamphlets on finance; and an extra-illustrated, three-volume folio edition of Lawrence Lewis' History of the Bank of North America.
McClurkin, A.J. "The Bank of North America and the Financial History of Philadelphia," P.M.H.B., 64 (1940).
Deposited by the Pennsylvania Company, 1939.
Finding aid available.
Centennial Exhibition. Records, 1876-1879.
(12 linear ft.)
Soon after the Civil War, many individuals in various parts of the country began to consider how the United States' centennial year should be spent. In 1871 Congress provided that "the first century of our national existence shall be commemorated by an exhibition of the natural resources of the country and their development, and of its progress in those arts which benefit mankind, in comparison with those of older nations."
The collection covers many aspects of the Exhibition. Most important in the collection is the Documentary Record of the Centennial. This is a group of scrapbooks that primarily focuses upon the United States Centennial Commission. The Commission was responsible for soliciting support through its Board of Finance, organizing the centennial celebration and exhibits, and building the extensive exhibition grounds.
There are reports, pamphlets, form letters, lists of regulations, and news releases. Information on the various Bureaus of Administration (Agriculture, Horticulture, Transportation, Machinery) and foreign and state exhibits is present.
Most correspondence consists of form letters to legislators, supporters, and exhibitors.
There are architectural plans submitted in the Centennial building competition with descriptions by the architects. Ephemera (trade cards, visitors' cards, invitations, programs, and newspaper clippings) fills out the collection.
There are many photographs and stereoscopic views of the exhibition grounds, buildings, and exhibits.
Finding aid available.
City National Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1857-1900.
Records of the City National Bank, including a signature book, 1870-1900, and a stock transfer book, 1857-1900.
Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1947.
City National Bank (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1892-1894.
George Albert Lewis, cashier, letterpress book with incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, and memoranda.
Civil War papers, 1861-1878.
(6 linear ft.)
These papers contain primarily Union Army muster rolls, consolidated reports, returns, enlistment certificates, with some Civil War correspondence, official and personal, reminiscences, miscellaneous manuscripts and memorabilia.
Major groups of regimental papers are: Eastern Shore Maryland Volunteers, 2nd Regiment, enlistment certificates for Company G, 1862, orders, 1862, and muster rolls, October 1864; New York Volunteers, 67th Regiment (Long Island Volunteers, 1st Regiment) Company K, muster rolls, 1862-1864, return notices, 1863-1864, and morning reports, July-November 1862; Pennsylvania Volunteers, 96th and 98th Regiments, scattered muster rolls; Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corp, 7th Regiment, Company G, record books, 1861-1864, of clothing, personnel descriptive list, orders, and morning reports; Matthew Hasting Independent Keystone Battery record books, 1862-1864, morning reports, post guard reports, and clothing.
Enlistment related papers consist of Marine Corps enlistment certificates at Philadelphia, November, 1862 to January, 1863; Citizens Bounty Fund Committee, Philadelphia, muster rolls of reserve units, September, 1862; Philadelphia Sixth Ward enlistment certificates, 1864-1865, and some financial papers; Camden City Middle Ward enrollment list, August, 1862. There are also Office for the Relief of the Families of Philadelphia Volunteers payment orders, 1861-1865.
Additionally there are copies of correspondence, 1861-1862, between Major General Robert Patterson and General Winfield Scott on military operations of the first Bull Run Campaign; William H. Manley, private with Pennsylvania Volunteers, 72nd Regiment (Baxter's Fire Zouaves), letters, 1861-1862; David D. Jones, officer with Pennsylvania Volunteers, 88th Regiment, letters, 1862-1863; and [John F.] Reynolds Monument Committee, minutes and papers, 1864-1878.
A small section of Confederate miscellany includes some letters, 1861-1862.
Sesqui-Centennial papers, 1926.
A small collection of booklets, advertising matter, invitations, printed plans, and views of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of American Independence.
Foulkrod, John C. Collection, 1853-1915.
Papers collected by John C. Foulkrod include: invitations, notices, programs, insignia, rules and bylaws of the volunteer fire companies of Philadelphia, 1853-1873. Also included is material on the election of the chief engineer of the fire department, 1867-1868, and a history of the volunteer department which appeared in the Philadelphia Sunday Dispatch. A few letters and invitations of the Firemen's Active Association of Philadelphia, 1910-1915, together with photographs and clippings relating to the activities of the local volunteers, 1873-1910, complete the collection.
Gift of Mrs. F. Foulkrod, 1927.
Magee, Horace, 1846-1912. Collection, 1861-1862.
A small volume containing 6 numbers of The Union, an amateur paper published by four youthful Philadelphians: Horace Magee, Walter Lippincott, Francis H. Williams, and Thomas H. Lyman. Also included are some patriotic appeals and a few business cards.
Gift of Miss M. Atherton Leach, 1931.
Bancker family. Papers, 1735-1869.
Entry cancelled; returned to family.
Pennsylvania. Council of National Defense. Papers, 1917-1918.
The Council was established in March, 1917, as a civilian organization to provide safety for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and later became a cooperative agency of the Federal Council of National Defense. This group advised Governor Brumbaugh, promoted civilian affairs, and assisted businessmen in the war effort. George Wharton Pepper served as chairman.
Minutes of the Advisory Committee; correspondence file of George Wharton Pepper; publicity information on Pepper's efforts; treasurer's reports, 1917-1918.
Gift of George Wharton Pepper, 1948, 1955.
Insurance papers, 1726-1900.
A collection of insurance policies that includes marine insurance, 1726-1843, and fire insurance, 1796-1900. Most of the policies are placed on Philadelphia properties. The collection contains Levi Hollingsworth's insurance subscription book, 1784-1788.
Greeting card collection, 1770-1940.
(3 linear ft.)
A collection of greeting cards, invitations, admission tickets, funeral notices, Christmas cards, birthdays cards, and valentines.
Brinton, John Hill, 1772-1827. Papers, 1790-1890.
Pricipio Iron Works. Papers, 1724-1903.
The J.G. Brill Company (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1877-1930.
(240 boxes, 15 volumes, 50 linear feet.)
The J.G. Brill Company and its various incarnations dominated the world of trolley and undercarriage manufacturing for most of its seventy-year history. Based in Philadelphia, Brill was founded in 1868 by a German immigrant and held in family hands well into the 1930s. At its height, The J.G. Brill Company owned plants in six states as well as in Canada and France. The collection consists of approximately 16,000 photographs, 6,000 glass-plate negatives, 10,000 acetate negatives, and thirteen order books, and documents the wide array of products manufactured by Brill. The photographs include interior and exterior views of railroad cars, trolleys, buses, ambulances, and trucks, as well as images of undercarriages, small parts, and seats. The collection also documents the factory grounds at 62nd and Woodland, particularly for World War I. Order books provide information on the quantity and types of items purchased, the companies purchasing them, and their dates of order and delivery.
Mask and Wig Club. Papers, 1889-1937.
Papers of the Mask and Wig Club, the dramatic organization of the University of Pennsylvania, including: historical data, yearbooks, membership lists, minute books, orchestrations, librettos and lyrics, prompt books, publicity releases.
Deposited by the Mask and Wig Club, 1941.
Citizen's Bounty Fund Committee (Philadelphia, Pa.) Papers, 1862-1866.
(6 linear ft.)
The Citizen's Bounty Fund Committee was formed to encourage enlistments through payments of bounties during the Civil War.
The papers include: subscriptions to the fund, 1862-1863; correspondence, 1862-1863, on enlistments and donations of tents and other equipment; certificates of volunteer enlistments; financial records, 1862-1866; and minutes, 1862-1863.
Gift of the Lorin Bloget estate, 1911.
Confederate States of America. Currency, 1861-1864.
This collection contains examples of the paper money issued by the Confederate government, 1861-1864, with notes on the printing and rarity of each issue. There is also material on the money issued by the various southern states, 1861-1864, and examples of nontaxable certificates, state bonds, subscriptions blanks, surety's oaths, bonds, currency, local and national receipts.
Philadelphia (Pa.) Records, 1810-1858.
Financial records of the city and county, 1810-1858. The collection includes auditors' minutes, 1810-1854; auditors' journals, 1841-1843, 1846-1848; auditors' bill books, 1849-1854; treasurer's accounts, 1854-1857; treasurer's daybook, 1851-1853; expense accounts of public works, 1839-1853; building and material agreements, 1834-1848; work and labor agreements, 1836-1853; city election office pay roll, 1851-1854; inventory of city property, 1852-1855; tobacco warehouse ledgers, 1845-1858; District of Richmond Board of Commissioners minute book, 1847-1852.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. War Service Committee. Papers, 1918-1919.
Invitations, programs, bills, receipts, and vouchers showing how the Historical Society assisted in entertaining servicemen, 1918-1919. There is some correspondence relating to the work and to the publicity given it.
Bank records, 1789-1849.
Collection of protested notes at Philadelphia banks. Among the banks represented are Girard, Mechanics', Bank of North America, Bank of the Northern Liberties, Bank of Pennsylvania, Bank of Philadelphia, and the Schuylkill Bank.
Janney, Samuel McPherson, 1801-1880. History of the Religious Society of Friends, 1859.
The original manuscript of the last part of Samuel M. Janney's History of the Religious Society of Friends (Philadelphia, 1859) dealing with the Hicksite schism in America.
Parke, James P. Marriage and death records, 1751-1850.
Daily entries of marriages and deaths with occasional entries reporting weather and local events.
Stone, Frank S. Collection, 1764-1859.
A collection of Philadelphia deeds, 1764-1859, and a few miscellaneous legal papers, judgement searches, 1823-1855.
Gift of Frank S. Stone.
Hutchinson, J.B. Collection, 1889-1930.
This collection contains passes on various railroads, steamship lines, and other forms of transportation issued to J.B. Hutchinson, an official of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Liberty Bell petitions, 1912.
Signed petitions presented to Philadelphia City Council against permitting the removal of the Liberty Bell from Independence Hall for any reason.
Gift of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1948.
Historical Survey of Philadelphia : record survey, 1934.
Entry cancelled; see collection #1474.
Pennsylvania Court papers, 1773-1845.
(15 linear ft.)
A collection of legal papers of cases tried before various Pennsylvania courts. A few dockets are included.
Gift of the Eli Kirk Price estate, 1933.
Gratz, Simon. Correspondence, 1858-1923.
(9 linear ft.)
Correspondence of Simon Gratz, Philadelphia lawyer, autograph collector, and member of the Philadelphia Board of Education, including letters from most of the politically prominent Philadelphians of the period. There is considerable material on the public schools of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia (Pa.). Department of City Transit. Collection, n.d.
(100 items and 26 v.)
Entry cancelled; transferred to the Graphics department.
United States. Army. Muster rolls, 1809-1812.
Courtland Saunders Post No. 21 (Philadelphia, Pa.) History, 1890-1923.
Sketches of the war experiences of the various members of the post and notices of their deaths, 1890-1923. A list of those taking the oath of allegiance to the United States, 1863-1864, at Bridgeport, Ala., is included, as well as a report of the operations of the 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, U.S. Army, from April 27 to July 26, 1863.
Cover title: Personal War Sketches Presented to Courtland Saunders Post No. 21 Department of Pennsylvania / by Frank F. Bell et al.
Gift of Courtland Saunders Post No. 21.
O'Donovan, William Rudolph, 1844-1920. Letters, 1861-1920.
Letters of William Rudolph O'Donovan, noted American sculptor, to his family in Fayette County. Most of the letters were written between 1871 and 1887 from New York and tell of the sculptor's experiences there. There are letters telling of O'Donovan's sympathy with the South and his services in the Confederate Army.
Gift of Mrs. Evelyn Benson and Miss Pierie Abraham.
Edmunds, Albert Joseph, 1857-1941. Papers, 1861-1941.
(21 linear ft.)
Papers of Albert J. Edmunds, noted biblical scholar and long-time cataloger of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, includes his personal correspondence, 1861-1941, notes on his published works, and manuscripts. The papers also includes some correspondence, 1874-1904, of Benjamin Smith Lyman, and a typescript of his book, Vegetarian Diet and Dishes.
Penrose, Boies, 1860-1921. Collection, n.d.
Entry cancelled; removed to Graphics Department.
Kimball family. Scrapbook, 1861-1902.
This volume contains photographs of members of the Kimball family, their residences, and the placed they visited. A few letters and manuscripts are included. There is a short poem signed A. Conon Doyle, 1890, mentioning Kimball and Lippincott in Philadelphia.
Gift of Arthur J. Sussel, 1935.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Records survey, 1934-1940.
Entry cancelled; see collection #1475.
Fales, Samuel B. Collection, 1861-1880.
(9 linear ft.)
Bills, receipts, correspondence, and newspaper clippings present a comprehensive view of the activities of the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, 1861-1865. This organization cared for thousands of Union soldiers as they passed through Philadelphia, and the papers and books name many of those so helped. The hospital books, 1861-1865, in particular, give the name, regiment, and home of each man treated. Another book gives names and addresses of Southerners separated from their families. Other books give donations and subscriptions.
Gift of Samuel B. Fales.
Birch, William Russell, 1775-1834. Autobiography.
Autobiographical notes written by William Russell Birch, American painter and engraver, telling of his life in England and his removal to and early life in this country. Included is a note on enamel painting by Birch and a list of paintings by him.
Gift of Albert Rosenthal, 1927.
Powel family. Papers, 1700-1925.
(51 linear ft.)
The papers of several related families, long prominent in Philadelphia, Newport, R.I., and Jamaica, B.W.I., are represented in this collection.
The first part contains business letters and records, 1700-1748, of Samuel Powel, the original settler, and of his son Samuel. They were general merchants trading with Europe and the West Indies. The next Samuel Powel was mayor of Philadelphia in 1775 and again in 1789. He married Elizabeth Willing who became well known as a social leader. Present are Samuel Powel's exercises at the University of Pennsylvania, 1759; his business papers, 1767-1771; and a list of his property, 1779. The papers of Elizabeth Powel comprise a group of pocket almanacs, 1793-1822, with diary entries; receipt books, 1793-1801; personal account books, 1794-1800; and correspondence, 1772-1823, including copies of her own letters. Among the correspondents are George Washington, Bishop William White, William Bingham, Rev. Jacob Duché, and others of equal prominence.
The remainder of the Powel papers are those of Elizabeth's nephew and adopted son, and his descendants. John Hare Powel, who changed his name from John Powel Hare in 1807, was active in public affairs and was much interested in improving breeds of cattle in America. His correspondence, 1806-1839, contains much on these matters as well as on early railroads, the location of tracks in the city of Philadelphia, and on canals. A group of papers, 1830-1850, on coal lands in Pennsylvania describes their possibilities. Personal papers include: a diary, 1806, of a trip to Calcutta; letter books, 1827-1830 and 1849-1853; a commonplace book; and an abridgement of Robertson's History of Charles V complete his personal papers. His business papers showing the activities of a well-to-do landowner cover the years 1820-1856.
Samuel Powel, son of John Hare Powel, lived in Philadelphia and Newport. His papers largely supplement those of his father and deal with similar subjects. They include business papers and accounts, 1843-1885, with many bills and receipts, 1856-1857, on the construction of the Newport house; a diary kept while in Europe, 1841, and personal correspondence, 1843-1884, containing many letters to members of his family and a number, 1843-1869, from Dorothea Dix.
Among the remaining Powel papers are those of Mary Edith Powel, including her garden notebooks, 1894-1919; journal, 1898-1907, 1923-1926; correspondence, almost entirely personal, 1883-1925; genealogical notes; and several scrapbooks and notebooks.
Samuel Powel married Mary Johnston who was born in Jamaica, B.W.I. Through her came a large group of papers of the Johnston, Taylor, and Cole families of Jamaica. They deal largely with the operation of plantations on that island. Dr. Alexander Johnston, a physician, is represented by daybooks, 1782-1783; ledgers, 1764-1769, 1773-1775; journal, 1760-1772; diaries, 1773-1775 and 1787; and commonplace book, 1764, containing medical discourses delivered at Aberdeen, Scotland. Of James Johnston there is correspondence, 1807-1836; accounts, 1821-1830; and a few military papers, 1793-1833, showing the life of a Jamaica planter.
The bulk of the Johnston papers are those of Robert Johnston, who spent most of his life in England, moving to Newport, R.I., about 1832-1834. The Robert Johnston papers include the original journals of his travels in northern Europe and Russia, 1814, in Scotland, 1810 and 1813, and in Ireland, 1812. Also included are journals of a voyage from London to Jamaica, 1813, and one of his residence at Newport, 1835-1839; correspondence, 1802-1839, dealing with business, literary, and personal affairs; and business papers, 1817-1836, concerning his Jamaica plantation and a projected railroad from London to Southampton, a plan he originated.
Business papers, 1783-1813, of John Taylor and of Jacob Thomas Cole, Jamaica planters, are also in this collection.
Gift of the Powel family, 1949.
Bingham, William, 1752-1804. Papers, 1777-1917.
(69 linear ft.)
This collection pertains primarily to the administration of the estate left by William Bingham, financier and United States senator from Pennsylvania. Some letters, 1783-1784, from William Bingham in Europe to Thomas Willing, deal with business matters. Some of the early papers, 1777- 1779, pertain to the business interests of Bingham during the Revolutionary War.
The estate was invested primarily in undeveloped lands in Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine.
The papers on the Maine lands include most of the important papers connected with the Knox-Duer purchase of Maine lands in 1791; descriptions of the country, surveyors' field books, and similar accounts of Maine in the 1790's; papers on the attempt to plant a French colony in Maine under Madame Leval; documents on the transfer of this purchase to William Bingham in 1792-1793; a series of letters, 1793-1795, from William Jackson while he was in Europe attempting to sell Maine lands to British capitalists and the French government; correspondence with Generals Henry Knox, Henry Jackson, and David Cobb, all concerned in one way or another in the development of the purchase; material on the sale of one half of the Penobscot Tract in 1796 to Alexander Baring, acting for the house of Baring and Hope; letters from Harrison Gray Otis, Thomas Russell, John and Stephen Codman, John Richards, and other prominent Massachusetts citizens, 1791-1830; papers explanatory of the suit of Cabot et al v. Bingham, arising from Bingham's actions while agent for the Continental Congress in Martinique, 1779-1804; reports on Maine developments from General David Cobb, John Black, and other agents, 1795-1850; reports of the trustees of the Bingham estate on the Maine property, together with their correspondence with various agents, 1804-1850; and numerous accounts, vouchers, deeds, contracts and court papers illuminating almost every phase of this venture.
The papers on the Pennsylvania and New York lands are similar in content. They contain many letters and reports from the agent at Wellsboro, 1855-1917, to the trustees of the estate. A few letters, 1879-1911 mention oil leases.
Deposited by R. Sturgis Ingersoll, 1949.
Drayton family. Papers, 1796-1896.
(28 linear ft.)
Papers of the Drayton family, a prominent South Carolina and Philadelphia family. The largest part of the collection consists of the legal papers, 1851-1893, of William Heyward Drayton. Among these are a small number of papers of Frances Butler, 1828-1886, and of Pierce Butler, 1800-1822.
The letters of various members of the Drayton family reflect their opinions on nullification, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and other subjects. Of special interest are the letters of General Thomas Drayton, U.S. Army, and the correspondence of Captain Percival Drayton, U.S. Navy, 1840-1866. The latter has much on naval matters. The letters, 1817-1846, received by Colonel William Drayton illustrate the feeling of the times. The collection contains considerable printed material on nullification, states rights, slavery, and the tariff, 1796-1840.
Deposited by the Estate of Henry F. Drayton, 1939.
Bureau of Unemployment Relief. Papers, 1930-1932.
Check stubs, banknotes, warrants, bills, reports, contributions, food orders, and other business papers of the Bureau of Unemployment Relief, formed to relieve the distress of the unemployed, 1930-1932. Included are papers on the Clearing House for Homeless Men, 1931; Temporary Shelter for Homeless Men, 1931-1932; Emergency Aid, 1932; and the United Campaign, 1932.
Gift of Horatio Gates Lloyd, 1947.
Brown, David S. & Co. Records, 1828-1910.
(204 linear ft.)
David S. Brown entered into his brothers' Philadelphia firm, J. and M. Brown, in 1817. In 1821 he became a member of the firm of Hacker, Brown and Co., which existed until 1830 when its name was changed to David S. Brown & Co., Philadelphia commission merchants dealing in dry goods.
Brown served as Director of Girard Bank, 1840-1843. In 1844 he built and was president and manager of the Washington Manufacturing Company in Gloucester, N.J., which manufactured cotton. Washington Mills, owned by the Washington Manufacturing Company, contained both mills and boarding houses for single workers. Following this he established the Gloucester Manufacturing Company for the production of printed calicoes. In 1859 Brown built the Gloucester Gingham Mills, incorporated in 1872. In 1864 he established and was president of the Gloucester Iron Works, which was incorporated in 1871.
Other companies David S. Brown established include the Gloucester Print Works and the Gloucester Land Company. He founded the Ancona Printing Company in 1871, which introduced new methods of applying colors which had been successful in Europe but previously untried in the United States.
The collection includes records of David S. Brown & Co.: correspondence, letter books, cashbooks, ledgers, receipt books, sales books, invoice books, sample books, stock books, purchase books, daybooks, sketch books, account sale books, journals, merchandise blotters, cash blotters, order books, checks, miscellaneous books, and other titles.
Other Brown companies are represented by assorted records: Washington Manufacturing Company, 1844-1895, minutes of the stockholders, ledgers, payroll books, superintendent's cashbook, and rent roll; Gloucester Manufacturing Company, 1868-1879, ledgers and stock book of prints; Gloucester Gingham Mills, 1871-1908, correspondence, ledgers, supply book, legal papers relating to a suit between Gloucester Gingham Mills and Gloucester Cotton Mill Company, office letter book, letter books, cashbooks, daybook, receipt book, purchase books, stock book, sales books, monthly reports, and invoice books; Gloucester Iron Works, 1873-1910, correspondence, letter books, cashbooks, sales books, time book, ledger, and check stubs; and the Ancona Printing Company, 1877-1880, letter books, account sales books, cashbooks, stock book, stock print books, receipt book, and invoice book containing fabric samples.
Other records include Gloucester Library and Library Company minutes, 1850, and accounts, 1851-1854.
Gift of David S.B. Chew.
Parker, Daniel, 1782-1846. Papers, 1761-1838.
(12 linear ft.)
The Parker papers consists almost entirely of correspondence and business records of the Collins and Marshall families. Zaccheus Collins, a Philadelphia merchant, was the father-in-law of General Parker, who administered his estate. The papers consist of correspondence, 1798-1831, much of it with members of his family, but including letters, 1820-1829, from Constantine Samuel Rafinesque on business and botanical matters, and letters from Charles Lee, Edmund J. Lee, R.B. Lee, R.H. Lee, and William Lee, 1790-1829. The business records include a letterbook, 1801-1804; ledgers, 1787-1791 and 1794-1805; receipt book, 1794-1831; receipts, 1800-1831; papers relating to lands taken up in Pennsylvania, 1793-1795, 1812; and some correspondence relating to trade with India, 1801-1809. A book of letters and legal opinions, 1831, by William Rawle in regard to the Zaccheus Collins estate and General Daniel Parker's accounts of the estate complete the Zaccheus Collins portion.
For Stephen Collins, father of Zaccheus, the collection contains old bonds and deeds, 1761-1795; bankbook, 1791; letter book, 1783-1792; and letters from Colonel Robert Hampden Pye, 1778-1779.
Christopher Marshall, Jr., the father-in-law of Zaccheus Collins, is represented by a diary, 1806, and a waste book, 1797-1798. In addition there is a ledger, 1775-1797, of the firm of Christopher and Charles Marshall, Philadelphia drug and paint manufacturers, and an account book, 1811, of Christopher's estate.
The collection also contains Elizabeth Marshall's ciphering book, 1782; inventory of the estate of Thomas Paschall, 1796, Christopher Marshall executor; an account of the estate of Anne Collins, 1807-1815; and General Parker's letters relating to his venture in the horse-breeding business with General Irvine, 1818-1838, and book entitled War and Peace Register and Regulations, 1814-1838, which contains copies of orders and regulations issued by the War Department.
Wilson, William Bauchop, 1862-1934. Papers, 1913-1921.
(54 linear ft.)
Papers from the private files of William B. Wilson, who served as the first U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1913-1921, mention labor conditions, strikes, efforts to secure employment under the government, patronage, and other routine work of a cabinet officer. A section of political letters shows activities in the national campaigns, 1914-1920.
Deposited by Paul W. Pritchard, 1942.
Finding aid available.
Wood and Bacon. Account books, 1787-1824.
(3 linear ft.)
The books of Wood and Bacon, general merchandise firm in Greenwich, N.J., include: are daybooks, 1787-1820; ledgers, 1791-1824; invoice books, 1796-1803; and arithmetic book of David Wood, 1794.
Deposited by Richard D. Wood, 1937.
Markham, William, 1635-1704. Papers, 1681-1698.
Entry cancelled; transferred to the Society collection.
Strubing family. Papers, 1786-1864.
This is a group of Strubing family papers including primarily those of Philip Strubing, a Swiss who served as an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Included are his commissions as a lieutenant and as a captain; letters testifying his services signed by Baron Von Steuben and George Washington; a certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, 1784; family letters, 1785-1822; and some personal papers, bills, accounts, and passports, 1785-1831. The collection also contains the naturalization petition of Patrick Devitt, 1808; marriage certificates of John K. Strubing and Julianna Kelley, 1841, and of Philip H. Strubing and Mary Devitt, 1864; a deposition about James Strubing, 1842; and John K. Strubing's discharge from the Army, 1863.
Deposited by John K. Strubing, Jr., 1939.
St. James Church (Perkiomen, Philadelphia, Pa.) Vestry book, 1740-1866.
Vestry book of St. James Church contains early entries that are fragmentary. There is also an envelope containing some papers on repairs to the parsonage, and to renting the rectory.
Deposited by the Vestry of the Church, 1929.
Dealy, Dennis F., d. 1887. Papers, 1853-1887.
(50 items and 3 v.)
A collection of diaries, 1853-1857, 1858-1860, and 1887, of Dennis F. Dealy, Philadelphia publisher. There are also clippings, letters of condolence on Dealy's death in 1887, and a letter from George W. Childs, 1880.
Deposited by C. Victor Dealy, 1939.
Bond, George. Papers, 1775-1792.
Entry cancelled; transferred to the Society collection.
Bayard, Mabel. Collection, 1777-1831.
Entry cancelled; transferred to the Society collection.
Revolutionary soldiers and pensioners papers, n.d.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Smith family. Real estate papers, 1890-1934.
Deeds, mortgages, and insurance on properties at 1019-1021 Reed Street, 1327 South Warnock Street, and 4220 and 4224 Westminster Avenue, all in Philadelphia, owned by the Smith family. There are also bills and receipts, 1901-1934, on the upkeep of the properties.
Gift of John Gibbs Smith, 1946.
Philadelphia legal records, 1776-1915.
Appearance book, 1776; docket, 1870-1915, of Cornelius Stevenson, a Philadelphia lawyer; docket, 1813-1817, of James B. Harris.
Montgomery County (Pa.) Dockets, 1821-1835.
Dockets for a justice of the peace of Limerick Township, Montgomery County.